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Work Zone Awareness Week

Work Zone Awareness Week
Posted on 04/03/2017
Work Zone Awareness Week


Whether you’re driving in your neighborhood or on a busy highway, making responsible choices in work zones is essential. National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 3-7) is an annual opportunity for motorists to evaluate their driving habits just in time for the busy spring and summer construction season.

This year’s Work Zone Awareness Week theme, “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands,” reminds drivers that they play a crucial role in protecting themselves, other motorists and workers while driving in work zones.

When traveling in a work zone, please remember these tips from the Federal Highway Administration:

  • Stay alert and minimize distractions. Your full attention should be on the roadway. Try to avoid common distractions such as changing the radio station, using a mobile phone or eating.

  • Keep your headlights on.

  • Pay attention to the road. Be aware of signs, including signage that may indicate your lane is ending, that a detour is approaching or that you will need to follow the directions of a pilot car or flagger. Watch nearby traffic and be prepared to react to movement around your vehicle.

  • Merge into the proper lane. Merge well before you reach the lane closure, and be aware that these traffic patterns can change daily.

  • Don’t tailgate. Follow the vehicle in front of you at a safe distance, and watch its brake lights carefully. Rear-end crashes are the most common type of work zone crash.

  • Obey the posted speed limit. There may be workers just feet away from your vehicle. Fines are increased in work zones. You may need to be prepared to further slow down if conditions change. Stopping distance increases on wet or icy roads.

  • Change lanes safely. Change lanes within the pavement markings, and wait to change lanes until traffic conditions allow you to do so safely.

  • Follow instructions from flaggers.

  • Expected the unexpected. Watch vigilantly for workers, work vehicles and equipment, which may enter your lane unexpectedly. Be prepared to react to vehicles around you which may slow, stop or change lanes unexpectedly.

  • Be patient.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is coordinated and sponsored by the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).